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USA | 68 minutes | Delaney Ruston

May 5, 2016

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Special Event
From physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston comes the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen time on kids and to offer parents proven solutions that work. Co-presented by and featuring post-film discussion with the founders of Global Teen Experience, a Seattle-based nonprofit offering social and emotional awareness and empowerment programs for teens.

$12, General Admission | $7 , SIFF Members and Teens

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, the film reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Global Teen Experience partners with SIFF Cinema for this special community event. Come gather with teens, parents and educators and share struggles and ideas for helping youth–and each other–connect on more authentic, heartfelt levels.

  • Director: Delaney Ruston
  • Country: USA
  • Running Time: 68 minutes
  • Music: Paul Brill